Backpage roundup: Ox not going anywhere, Arsenal can’t compete with big spenders, Wenger earns Hill-Wood’s praises, no takers for Arshavin and more

Ox Wants Long-Term Arsenal Stay

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that he is enjoying playing for Arsenal and would like to sign a new long-term contract with the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder is one of Arsenal’s hottest properties, thanks to his excellent debut campaign in the Premier League last season. While his high-level of performances is delightful for the club fans, some are a bit worried too, since the Gunners have failed to hold onto their prized assets in recent years.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain has assured everyone that he has no intention of leaving Emirates Stadium any time soon and he wants to play for Arsenal for a long time.

The former Southampton starlet, who is currently on international duty with England, was asked to comment on his club future, to which he said: “I am here to play for England this week. That is the only thing I am concentrating on.

“But if Arsenal want to sit down and talk about that, it is really good because I am loving my time there. I really enjoy playing for them and am planning on being there for a while.”

 

Arsenal ‘Can’t Compete’ With Big Spenders

Peter Hill-Wood has confessed that it is impossible for Arsenal to compete with its fellow Big Four clubs in the transfer market.

The Arsenal chairman says that while the Gunners have funds available to invest on new players, they will never be able to do the kind of spending that the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea do frequently.

The Evening Standard has quoted Hill-Wood as saying: “Arsene has money to spend but there’s a limit. We can’t spend £50million on one player.

“At a certain level, we can’t compete. I don’t think [majority shareholder] Stan Kroenke is going to put the sort of dollars in that [Roman] Abramovich or Sheikh Mansour are putting into Chelsea or Manchester City. That’s not the way he thinks clubs should be run.

“Luckily, Arsene understands that. He got an economics degree from Strasbourg University so he’s certainly no fool. He knows how a club should be run. That annoys a lot of people but clubs have to be sustainable. We’re not going to go bankrupt in the way one or two other well-known clubs have.

“The Glasgow Rangers example is something we’ve all got to guard against. They spent far more money than they could afford. We’re ambitious enough but we’re not going to end in the same plight as Rangers. That is a fact of life. So my advice is, don’t get miserable about it.”

Podolski: I’m A Match Winner

Lukas Podolski has said that he is ready to take up Arsenal’s goal-scoring mantle and become a match winner for the club.

After getting off the mark with a well-taken goal against Liverpool last weekend, the German forward is brimming with confidence and he wants to score many more for the Gunners.

In an interview with Arsenal.com, Podolski said: “When I’m on the pitch, I can win matches. I’m very happy to score my first goal at Liverpool with their amazing fans and stadium. I’m also very happy that we won and got the three points. You must always work hard in matches. You must fight, you must run and you must score goals.”

Arsenal Offer Arshavin Free Transfer Exit Route

It is being reported in the British press that Arsenal are willing to let Andrei Arshavin leave on a free transfer in order to make him an attractive proposition for clubs from Russia, where the summer transfer window is still open.

The Gunners originally wanted to put a price tag of £5 million on the Russian international but are now prepared to let him leave for nothing due to the lack of interest in the player.

Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala were expected to make an offer for Arshavin but both the clubs snubbed him for more expensive signings.

The only club that still has slight interest in recruiting the 31-year-old is Dynamo Moscow, but so far no offer has been received from them either.

 

Wenger’s Influence on Arsenal Greater than Sir Alex’s On United, Says Hill-Wood

Peter Hill-Wood has lavished praise on coach Arsene Wenger and said that the Frenchman’s influence on Arsenal is even greater than Sir Alex Ferguson’s on Manchester United.

In an interview with the London Evening Standard, the Arsenal chairman said: “You occasionally hear rumours of him going somewhere. I do not think that is likely to happen. He’s very happy where he is. He has a very good job in that we don’t interfere with him. We agree with most of the things he says and he agrees with most of the things we say. I have seen some really successful Arsenal managers but Arsene has revolutionised the club.

“I would say he has been a bigger influence than Alex Ferguson on Manchester United in the way he has changed the traditions of the club and the outlook of the Premiership.”